Head of Latin American Arbitration, Washington, D.C.
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Education and qualifications
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Christian joined the firm as a Managing Associate in 2014, before being promoted to Counsel in 2017. Prior to joining Linklaters, Christian worked for the ICC Court of International Arbitration. He specialises in international arbitration and is the head of the Latin American arbitration practice.
Christian represents clients in commercial and investment arbitrations, regularly speaks at prestigious arbitration conferences and is heavily involved in pro bono matters. Recently, this has included preparing model contract clauses recognising the responsibility of buyers and suppliers to protect workers in international supply chains.
Who or what inspires you?
I find inspiration in nature: fishing in San Martin de Los Andes, a beautiful lakeside village in Patagonia, or scuba diving in the Maldives, renew my energy and boost my creativity.
What is an interesting fact about you or a surprising skill you have?
I have always enjoyed studying foreign languages, so in addition to Spanish, English, French and Portuguese, I studied Russian for seven years in Buenos Aires and six months in Moscow on a scholarship from the Russian Ministry of Education.
Member of the Paris Bar
Member of the Buenos Aires Bar
Special Legal Consultant in Washington DC
Christian Albanesi specialises in international arbitration and is the Head of Latin America Arbitration. He has acted as counsel and arbitrator in a large number of arbitration cases under the auspices of the ICC, ICSID, LCIA or ad hoc arbitration proceedings, in the fields of acquisitions, construction, transportation, oil & gas and joint ventures. Christian joined Linklaters from the ICC International Court of Arbitration where, in his position as Managing Counsel, he supervised the nine case management teams to ensure uniformity of practices and decisions of the ICC Court. He previously held the position of Counsel in charge of the Latin America, Spain and Portugal case management team where he oversaw hundreds of cases pending under the ICC Rules from filing through scrutiny and notification of awards.
Christian is recognised as one of the most highly regarded individuals in international arbitration under 45, in the Who’s Who Legal Arbitration – Future Leaders 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.
- Counsel for a French company in an ICC arbitration against a subcontractor in relation to the construction of an LNG terminal in Uruguay.
- Counsel for a Chilean company in an ICC Emergency Arbitration and two ICC arbitrations under New York law brought by international engineering companies in relation to an EPC Contract for a power plant in Chile.
- Counsel for an Asian bank in an ICC arbitration related to a post-acquisition dispute in Brazil.
- Counsel for the Owner of a photovoltaic plant in Mexico in a dispute adjudication board process for claims related to extensions of time, variation orders and force majeure claims.
- Counsel for the Owner of a hydroelectric power project in Chile in an ICC arbitration against the contractor in charge of the tunnelling and civil works.
- Counsel for a Spanish company in three related arbitrations under the Lima Chamber of Commerce and UNCITRAL Rules against its partners in a joint venture in Latin America.
- Counsel for a UK company in an arbitration relative to a services agreement before the Bogota Chamber of Commerce.
- Counsel for a French company in a dispute with its contractor in relation to the construction of a pulverized coal-fired complex in the northern Antofagasta region.
- Counsel for a Spanish company in an ICC arbitration in relation to the construction and equipping of plant for enrichment of iron ore magnetite in North Africa.
- Counsel for a European company in an ICSID arbitration against a Latin American State related to the termination of the concession for the construction of a major pipeline in Latin America.
- Counsel for a Latin American State in a PCA arbitration against a Spanish company relative to a bus leasing agreement.
- Counsel for a European company in a dispute against a Latin American State related to certain measures restricting our client’s rights to transfer dividends abroad.
- Counsel for a European company in an investment dispute against a Latin American State in relation to the breach of an umbrella clause and fair and equitable treatment provision.
- Counsel for an Asian State in an ICSID annulment proceeding, against two global mining companies.
- Counsel for an European company in an investment dispute against a Latin American State in a claim for denial of justice and breach of fair and equitable treatment.
- Arbitrator in an ICC arbitration related to the management of a hotel in Latin America.
- Arbitrator in an ICC arbitration related to the construction of a toll road in Latin America.
- Arbitrator in an ICC arbitration relative to a services agreement.
- Arbitrator in an ICC arbitration relative to the construction of a shipyard in Latin America.
- Arbitrator in an LCIA dispute related to a mining dispute in the Democratic Republic of Congo, involving Panamanian and Congolese companies.
- Arbitrator in an LCIA dispute related to a mining dispute in Latin America.
- Arbitrator in a CAM arbitration relative to a construction dispute.
Education and qualifications
Christian holds an LL.M. in French and European Law from University Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne). He obtained a Degree in Russian Language from the State Pushkin Institute of Russian Language (Moscow), with a full scholarship from the Russian Ministry of Education. Christian holds a law degree, specializing in International Public Law, from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) (top 95th percentile).
Christian is a member of the ICC Latin American Group, the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR, the LCIA Users’ Council for Latin America, the Latin American Arbitration Association (ALArb), and is a Contributor to the ITA Latin American Arbitration Forum.
Christian is also fluent in Spanish, French, Russian, and Portuguese.
Christian has published articles dealing with various topics of international arbitration and has also spoken at more than 80 conferences and seminars in this field. A selection of articles includes:
- Unmeritorious challenges, is it time to say enough? 40 under 40, International Arbitration, Kluwer Arbitration, April 2018)
- Advances in International Commercial Arbitration in Latin America during John Beechey’s Presidency of the ICC Court, John Beechey’s liber amicorum (ICC Publication, November 2015)
- Dealing with corruption in arbitration: a review of ICC experience (ICC Bulletin vol. 24/supplement 2013)
- Consolidation, Joinder, Cross-Claims, Multiparty and Multicontract Arbitrations: Recent ICC Experience, Dossier VII - ICC Institute of World Business Law (2010)